Legends, Charms and Superstitions of Ireland

Legends, Charms and Superstitions of Ireland

by Lady Wilde

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Legends, Charms and Superstitions of Ireland by Lady Wilde


Nowhere in the nineteenth century did interest in folklore and mythology have a more thorough revival than in Ireland. There, in 1887, Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde, Oscar Wilde's mother and a well-known author in her own right, compiled this collection of charming, authentic folk tales. Collected from among the peasantry and retaining their original simplicity, the myths and legends reveal delightfully the Irish people's relationship with a spiritual and invisible world populated by fairies, elves, and evil beings. Included in Lady Wilde's collection, among others, are eerie tales of "The Horned Women," "The Holy Well and the Murderer," and "The Bride's Death-Song," as well as beguiling accounts of superstitions concerning the dead, celebrations and rites, animal legends, and ancient charms.
The first book to link Irish folklore with nationalism, Legends illustrates the mythic underpinnings of the Irish character and signals the country's cultural reemergence. It remains, said the Evening Mail, "an important contribution to the literature of Ireland and the world's stock of folklore."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486447339
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 03/10/2006
Series: Dover Celtic and Irish Bks.
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Horned Women
The Legend of Ballytowtas Castle
A Wolf Story
The Evil Eye
The Stolen Bride
Fairy Music
The Fairy Dance
Fairy Justice
The Priest's Soul
The Fairy Race
The Trial by Fire
The Lady Witch
Ethna the Bride
The Fairies' Revenge
Fairy Help--the Phouka
The Farmer Punished
The Farmer's Wife
The Midnight Ride
The Leprehaun
The Legends of the Western Islands
The Bride's Death-Song
The Child's Dream
The Fairy Child
The Doom
The Clearing from Guilt
The Holy Well and the Murderer
Legends of Innis-Sark--a Woman's Curse
Legends of the Dead in the Western Islands
Superstitions concerning the Dead
The Fatal Love-Charm
The Fenian Knights
Rathlin Island
The Strange Guests
The Dead Soldier
The Three Gifts
The Fairies as Fallen Angels
The Fairy Changeling
Fairy Wiles
Shaun-Mor
The Cave Fairies
Evil Spells
An Irish Adept of the Islands
The May Festival
May-Day Superstitions
Festivals
November Spells
November Eve
A Terrible Revenge
Midsummer
Marriage Rites
The Dead
The Wake Orgies
The Ancient Mysteries
The Power of the Word
The Poet and the King
The Sidhe Race
Music
Poet Inspiration--Eodain the Poetess
The Banshee
Queen Maeve
Death Signs
Superstitions
The Fairy Rath
Fairy Nature
Irish Nature
Concerning Dogs
Concerning Cats
Seanchan the Bard and the King of the Cats
The Bards
King Arthur and the Cat
Concerning Cows
The Dead Hand
The Wicked Widow
The Butter Mystery
Concerning Birds
Concerning Living Creatures
The Properties of Herbs and their Use in Medicine
Medical Superstitions and Ancient Charms
Various Superstitions and Cures
Omens and Superstitions
Superstitions of the Islands
Legends of the Saints
St. Patrick
St. Ciaron
St. Martin
St. Bridget
St. Kieran
St. Kevin
Christian Legends
Swearing Stones and Relics
Mysteries of Fairy Power
The Evil Stroke
The Changeling
The Fairy Doctor
The Poet's Spell
Charm for the Fairy Stroke
The Farmer's Fate
The Fairy Rath
The Holy Wells
The Holy WElls
St. Augustine's Well
The Grilled Trout
Legend of Neal-mor
St. John's Well
The Well of Fionn Ma-Coul
St. Seenan's Well
Kil-na-Greina
The Well of Worship
The Bride's Well
The Irish Fakir
Sacred Trees
Tober-na-Dara
Lough Neagh
The Doctor and the Fairy Princess
A Holy Well
A Sacred Island
The Lake of Revenge
Scenes at a Holy Well
Lough Foyle
The Hen's Castle
Sliabh-Mish, County Kerry
The Skelligs of Kerry
Popular Nations Concerning the Sidhe Race
The Sidhe Race
The Hurling Match
The Ride with the Fairies
The Fairy Spy
The Dark Horseman
Sheela-na-Skean
Captain Webb, the Robber Chief
The Mayo Captain and Feenish the Mare
Sketches of the Irish Past
The Bardic Race
The Ancient Race
The Antiquities of Ireland
Early Irish Art
Our Ancient Capital
Sir William Wilde on "The Ancient Races of Ireland"

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